Discover more of Japan and three maiden ports on this Alaskan cruise. Take a helicopter ride or kayak around 1000 year old glaciers. Join a guided tour to see native bears and historic towns at Kodiak and the capital, Juneau. Watch for the Northern Lights in Anchorage.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- 17 night cruise from Yokohama to Vancouver aboard Queen Elizabeth
- Travel Best Bets Exclusive: $75 USD per cabin on board credit!
May 5 – 21, 2019
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Please note that air is only available to book 331 days prior to departure.
Tokyo, Japan (from Yokohama)
The second largest city in Japan is Yokohama, a rapidly developing and exciting city filled with Japanese charm and culture. In 1854 Yokohama became the first port opened to foreign trade in the country so there is an interesting maritime and international flavour to the city. It is one of the most accessible cities in Japan and is less than half an hour from Tokyo by train. You will find much to do and see during your Yokohama cruise, from discovering landmarks and exploring museums to sampling tasty Japanese cuisine and shopping till you drop in one of the city’s expansive malls.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Japan’s natural landscape around the Aomori Prefecture. Located in the north of Japan’s main island, the city mixes ultramodern architecture with sleepy fairytale castles, surrounded by scented cherry blossoms.
Visit the World Heritage Site of the Shirakami Mountains with its majestic forest of beech trees; follow the Oirase River from mystic Lake Towada and explore two national parks at Tsugaru to the west and Shimokita across Mutsu Bay. From red railed wooden bridges to the latest trends on the high street, old and new are yours to discover in Aomori as far back as the ruins of prehistoric Japan.
Sapporo (from Muroran), Japan
Set on the island of Hokkaido, the Muroran region is a place of dark forests, hot springs and active volcanoes; a picturesque place to ease into blissful relaxation. The eight scenic sights known as the Muroran Hakkei include the Earth Cape white lighthouse with nesting falcons and a panoramic view. Visit Sapporo to the north or take time out in time-honoured fashion, bathing in hot mineral springs.
Known as the Emerald Isle, Kodiak is a heaven for all kinds of wildlife. The island is two thirds national park and is dedicated to the protection of its native brown bears, 250 species of birds and six kinds of Pacific salmon. Explore the good choice of bars and restaurants or join an entertaining tour of the island’s microbrewery. Discover the native heritage museums and explore breathtaking historical trails either by organised excursion or at your own pace.
Anchorage, Alaska is a place of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities where you may even see the Northern Lights. Take a half day helicopter tour over snow-capped mountains, icy valleys and lakes. Drive the National Scenic Byway watching for wildlife like brown bears, birds and caribou. The locals love fishing from Ship Creek, the old Tanaina Indian camp where King, Coho and Pink salmon spawn in summer. In this large snowy wonderland you can enjoy all kinds of winter activities including dog sledding, snowmobiling and ice skating.
Beneath an ice field that never melts, on a waterway that never freezes, Juneau is the most unusual and stunning of capitals. Home to 280 species of birds, brown and black bears, nature lovers can also watch out for orca and humpback whales here. Ashore, there’s an excellent theatre and range of clubs, bars restaurants to suit all tastes. If you’re feeling fit try exploring Alaskan-style amongst the glaciers by kayak or trekking with crampons and an ice axe.
Vancouver provides stunning scenery to discover in endless outdoor fashion all year-round. Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge are just two of the top highlights. British Columbia’s marine parks offer remote fjords and vast lakes perfect for whale-watching and hiking, or swimming and kayaking from May to September. Vancouver’s Gulf Islands are teaming with wildlife, keep your cameras close and binoculars at the ready for spotting pods of dolphins, seals, eagles, whales, otters and sea lions.
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